Swanton elementary students Masyn Mitchell, 8, and Hudsyn Mitchell, 7, prevailed through pandemic hard times this wrestling season to show that hard work truly does pay off.
With a late start to their Biddy Wrestling Program, these boys had to work hard to catch up on those few weeks of practices they missed out on. The COVID-19 pandemic not only slowed the start of their season but limited the amount of tournaments available for the Swanton Biddy wrestlers to attend this year.
Due to the shortage of tournaments because of the pandemic and liability, Masyn and Hudsyn attended two tournaments — during the regular season — and did not place where they wanted to due to lack of practice and repetition. After these tournaments, the parents of the boys, Scott and Jessica Mitchell, sat them down and talked about putting in the extra work to become better.
Their Aunt Tiffany Mitchell, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016, is who they wanted to continue competing for. They always do their best when they think of her and how proud she is of them.
From that point on, the Mitchell boys worked hard in practice and put in extra hours at home to get ready for two of their toughest tournaments — leagues and state.
On Feb. 28, Masyn and Hudsyn attended the NWOAL Youth Tournament. Hudsyn’s division wrestled first and he fought hard with three pins to become a first-time Division I league champion. Masyn quickly followed and after a tech fall and two pins, he was a Division II league champion.
They then competed in the Ohio Quest Novice State Tournament in Wooster on March 14. While the boys did not have their normal crowd in attendance to cheer them on, their Aunt Jessica Mitchell was able to make it.
Hudsyn once again wrestled first, and he fought hard winning with a tech fall and a pin to get him into the final round for first place. He never quit and fought hard all the way through but fell short and finished in second place in his Division I weight class.
Masyn won his first match with a pin, then he dropped his second match which sent him into the consolation round. He won his third match by pin but lost his last to bring home a fourth place finish for his Division II weight class.
Masyn and Hudsyn have a love for the sport and that will always shine through; they work hard for their family, their team, and their Aunt who watches over them every day, Scott said. Coach Dusty Moore taught them one of the greatest lessons which is “Hard work pays off!” They have shown that once again.